Part of what the Sabbath frees us from are the confines of a strict schedule, a long list of activities that dictate when and with whom we interact. Today, go and spend time with loved ones–friends, family, neighbors. Don’t plan anything. Just stop by on a walk around the neighborhood or drop in for a quick visit. Or let other come to you. Sit out on your porch. Send out a text to friends saying, I’ll be hanging out on the porch this afternoon so stop by and say hi. Then turn your phone off and wait for whoever may come.
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey Into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith (Convergent/Random House 2015).